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McKissick Museum


If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus

June 7 – September 20, 2013, 2nd floor, North Gallery

For two decades, McKissick Museum has organized annual fundraising exhibitions featuring works by artists residing in or maintaining ties to South Carolina. To further our mission of telling the story of southern life, in 2012 McKissick expanded the invitation list to include regional artists working in traditional craft-based media.

Joining institutions across the city of Columbia in marking 1963 as a seminal year in our nation’s progress toward a more perfect union, on September 11, 2013, the University of South Carolina launched a series of events honoring the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of its Columbia campus. This occasion became an opportunity for McKissick to invite artists to reflect on a seminal story of southern life—the civil rights movement--that forever changed the culture of the college campus, the southeast and the nation.

'If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus' was an invitational juried art exhibition that illustrated how the 1960s civil rights movement reshaped the southern experience—our communities, culture and environment.The show suggested how the African American struggle for civil rights evolved and later paved the way for other historically disenfranchised groups of people to work toward social change. Artworks reflected new “ways of seeing” the movement within the art world and beyond.

Friday, June 7, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013